In Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News, I covered a speech Arnold Perl gave to the Memphis SIOR about selling the city to potential clients.
He touted Memphis’ recent successes, evidenced by the city’s new leadership, the recent Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition, and the Grizzlies playoff run.
The Tigers’ season tickets seemed to always sell out, he said, but never the Grizzlies’. Now, it appears the city has come full circle.
“We built (the FedExForum) to host championships,” Perl said. “So we could give frenzied fans who live in our community the same luxury amenity and excitement and sense of purpose that you have with the Lakers in Los Angeles or the Bulls in Chicago, and now we have it here.”
Matt Devlin, national sportscaster and former Grizzlies play-by-play announcer, spoke to Perl before he went on the air for Monday’s game, expressing his appreciation for Memphis’ progress.
“He said, ‘Arnold, this is special. I’m not going to say it on the air, but I’m just thrilled for Memphis because I was here (doing the play-by-play for Memphis when the Forum originally opened). Memphis has come a long way in a lot of areas.’”
For more on the city’s support of its playoff team, click here.